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Group of Experts on Francophone Immigration

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Group of Experts on Francophone Immigration

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

Caroline Andrew
Director, Centre on Governance, University of Ottawa

Caroline Andrew is the Director of the Centre on Governance at the University of Ottawa. Her research interests include municipal policy and the creation of safe, inclusive cities. She has worked with the City for All Women Initiative and the City of Ottawa on the joint construction of the Equity and Inclusion Lens. Her experience with the topic of Francophone immigration includes authoring "Les Réseaux de soutien à l'immigration francophone de l'Ontario" with Mireille Paquet, and "Fostering Francophone Immigration to Ontario - A Strategy in Attracting and Retaining Immigrants" with Meyer Burstein. She also sits on the Executive of the Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership and the board of directors of the Lower Town Community Resource Centre, and works with the Youth Futures program.

Rym Ben Berrah
Co-Chair, Regroupement étudiant franco-ontarien

Rym Ben Berrah is a public relations student at Collège La Cité. A resident of Ontario for seven years and Canada for 10 years, she was born in Algeria and grew up in Tunisia. She has been involved in student and Ontario politics for the last several years, and has served as vice-president of the La Cité student association and vice-president of the Francophone Caucus of the Canadian Federation of Students. She was also one of the few Canadians selected to participate in the first mock parliament held at Queen's Park by the Centre de la Francophonie des Amériques. This year, she was elected student governor on La Cité's board of governors for a two-year period. Recently, she was elected co-chair of the Regroupement étudiant franco-ontarien and received the Fondation franco-ontarienne's woman-of-the-year award in the politics category.

Alain Dobi
Co-Chair of the Group of Experts on Francophone Immigration
Network Director, Réseau de soutien à l'immigration francophone du Sud-ouest de l'Ontario

Alain Dobi is the director of the Réseau de soutien à l'immigration francophone du Sud-ouest de l'Ontario, a position he has held since the organization was established in June 2007. He has his BA and MA in social work from Université Laval in Quebec. His Canadian work experience includes serving as coordinator of the Communauté Agapè, a social integration agency, in Québec in 2003 and 2004. He was also a mental health counsellor at the Centre de santé communautaire Hamilton/ Niagara, where he focused on trauma in cultural communities and the victims of war and organized torture. Mr. Dobi is heavily involved in the Francophone community and in issues related to welcoming and integrating Francophone immigrants. Mr. Dobi is also a member of the National Community Table on Francophone Immigration and the joint Citizenship and Immigration Canada - Francophone Minority Communities Committee.

Brigitte Duguay-Langlais
Coordinator, Réseau de soutien à l'immigration francophone de l'Est de l'Ontario

Brigitte Duguay Langlais, coordinator of the Réseau de soutien à l'immigration francophone de l'Est de l'Ontario, joined the Franco-Ontarian community in late 2000. Acadian by birth, she has a bachelor's degree in social work from the Université de Moncton and more than 20 years of experience in community development. She currently lives in Eastern Ontario in a predominantly Francophone community. Since coming to Ontario she has worked to promote the rights of Francophones at the national, provincial and regional levels.

Peter Hominuk
Co-Chair of the Group of Experts on Francophone Immigration
Executive Director, Assemblée de la francophonie de l'Ontario

Peter Hominuk has many years of experience working in community development. He has worked with Direction Jeunesse, TFO and La Clé d'la Baie en Huronie. In 2012, Mr. Hominuk became the Executive Director of the Assemblée de la francophonie de l'Ontario where he has worked to strengthen the organization. Over the years, Peter has worked in the areas of Francophone minority rights, project management, personnel and volunteer management, strategic planning, organization and promotion of activities, and economic development.

Christian Howald
Project Coordinator, Réseau de soutien à l'immigration francophone du Nord de l'Ontario 

Christian Howald is the coordinator of the Réseau de soutien à l'immigration francophone du Nord de l'Ontario in Sudbury. He immigrated from Switzerland in 1980 and grew up on a dairy farm in Verner, between North Bay and Sudbury. Christian is Vice-President of the Human League Association, which raises money for school breakfast programs and kids' participation in sports. He has appeared on TFO and the new UNIS network talking about his work in establishing the Moonbeam grocery co-op.

Didier Marotte
Executive Director, Centre communautaire francophone de Windsor (Place Concorde)

Mr. Marotte currently sits as the school board trustee for the Amherstburg area, as well as having served as chair of the Conseil scolaire catholique Providence in 2013-2014. He has also been a member of the Advisory Committee to the Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs for the past two years. In 2015 Mr. Marotte was appointed a member of the Ordre de la Pléiade for his contribution to the Francophones of his adopted land, the Windsor-Essex region.

Jacqueline Noiseux
Executive Director, Association française des municipalités de l'Ontario

Jacqueline Noiseux has served as Executive Director of the Association française des municipalités de l'Ontario since 2008. The Association is involved in a number of advisory committees concerned with justice, French-language health services, education and immigration at various levels. Ms. Noiseux holds an MBA from the Université du Québec à Montréal and a BA in economics from the Université de Sherbrooke. She also has fifteen years of experience in business, tourism and rural and municipal economic development.

Valerie Sniadoch
Director, Employability and Immigration Programs, Réseau de développement économique et d'employabilité (RDÉE), La bonne affaire

Valérie Sniadoch is the director of employability and immigration programs for the Réseau de développement économique et d'employabilité of Ontario. She has been pursuing an international career in France, the United States and Canada for more than 10 years, leveraging her human resources and project management skills for multinational corporations such as Sodexo, Amadeus and Aecom. She has also worked for the International Organization of La Francophonie, and the Institut international de droit d'expression et d'inspiration française. Very active in and knowledgeable about Ontario's Francophone community, she is heavily involved in many provincial, national and international projects.

The Group of Experts on Francophone Immigration also includes representation from officials in both the federal and provincial governments.

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